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  • November 6th, 2009

    November 6, 2009:
    The Silence is Over…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:27 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Living in NE Pennsylvania all my life, I have grown used to the constant snide remarks and jabs from the Skankee fans around me…and trust me, they are everywhere….

    BUT, since October of 2004, when the Skanks completely choked, and the Sox became the only team to come back from a 0-3 deficit to win the ALCS, and subsequently sweeping the Cardinals in the World Series, it has been utterly…and blessedly SILENT…Some Skankee fans have even went out of their way to AVOID me–which is always an added bonus…

    And it has been a BEAUTIFUL thing–and sadly now it’s over…

    Which makes the comment I received this morning all the more ironic: You can read it for yourself if you want, but it’s more of the same: “Where is your post now that the Skanks won? blah blah blah…”Don’t have anything to say, Yankee Hater?” blah blah blah “This is your one chance to become a Skankee fan…” blah blah BLAH…

    Hmmm….let’s see:

    Well, 1st of all, I am a RED SOX fan–I don’t define myself by the team I hate….that is just stupid.

    2nd of all, after the Red Sox won in both 2004 and 2007–I was joyous and proud–and I certainly had much better things to do that actively search for blogs from other teams to crow about it.

    But then again, that is vintage Skankee fans–absolutely no joy in the victory of their team–they only thing that matters to them is the fact they now can be poor winners, and rub people’s faces in it….

    And as far as it being my one chance to become a Skankee fan–I doubt that–it’s not like the window is closing on being an idiot. However, as soon as I have that full frontal lobotomy, becoming an ultimate band wagoner by being a Skankee fan will be the 1st thing I’ll do…

    And should add that I DO have some friends who are Yankee fans–who are respectful of the game, and other fans, and who love the Yankees for reasons other than “They are the team who wins the most”…and the above obviously does not apply to them…

    And I fully expect the response to be “Well, you’re just mad the Skanks won” Which is pretty much a Skankee response to everything….

    `Nuf Ced…

    So the Sox have traded for Jeremy Hermida, giving the Marlins pitcher Hunter Jones and Jose Alvarez ? Uh, WHY? Is this the replacement for Rocco Baldelli, who just filed for Free Agency yesterday? Theo says: “This was not a blockbuster. This was a value trade, a chance to get a guy with unfulfilled potential at a reasonable cost.” Unfulfilled potential is right. When he debuted in the bigs at the age of 21, his 1st hit was a Grand Slam–certainly a way to get people’s attention. Unfortunately, his progression as a player sort of stalled. Now almost 26, his slugging % and batting average have significantly dropped since the 2007 season. With the Marlins in 2009, he played right and left field, and hit 13 homers, with 47 RBI’s, and an average of .259. Hermida was eligible for arbitration this off-season, after making $2.25 million in 09…

    The 1st day after the World Series always sees a flurry of eligible players filing for free agency, as the formal Free Agency portion of our program begins. Joining Rocco Baldelli from the Sox yesterday was Jason Bay and Billy Wagner. I expect we will see many more in coming weeks…other Sox free agents include Paul Byrd and Takashi Saito

    And, as the Hot Stove starts heating up–I think the biggest thing for the Sox is what is going to happen with Jason Bay? Their path forward will in part depend on if they can sign him or not. I personally think he needs to be signed–just not for $18 million a year–if they can do a $14-15 million a year deal for 3 or 4 years, that is a good thing. Any more than that is a bit much…The Sox have until November 20th to sign him, and then he is free to negotiate and sign with anyone he chooses. One of the best things about Jason Bay? Satan isn’t his agent…

    And wouldn’t it be a beautiful thing if the Sox could have a “Scott Boras Free” off-season?? They said after the Mark Toxemia debacle last year, they would not longer work with him–but we’ll see…

    After his successful back surgery, look for the announcement that Tim Wakefield’s contract has been renewed for his 16th season in a Red Sox uniform, the Sox need to exercise the $4 million option within 5 days after the end of the World Series. It would be completely shocking if this did not happen…

    Also another given is the $7 million option the Sox hold on Victor Martinez–well. DUH…

    On the bubble is Alex Gonzales, for which the Sox have a $6 million mutual option for 2010. If they opt out, there is a $500K buyout. If they pick up the option, A-Gon has 2 days to accept; if not, he becomes a free agent. With the state of the shortstop position (Nick Green was outrighted to Pawtucket), I think they need to make this happen…

    And then there is the $ 5 million team option the Sox have on Jason Varitek. It’s likely they will not exercise it, but ‘Tek has a $3 million player option he can activate–so the big question there is: Could he live with being the backup catcher? If not there is retirement, or testing the waters to see if there is a team that wants him as an everyday guy…

    Coming up: 4 months, or 150 days to Opening Day….CRAP…

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